The 2022/23 season kicked off in style with racing held at the first GB trial in Boston, Lincolnshire this weekend. With all members of the hugely successful Senior Worlds team excluded from the trial, it provided an opportunity for the younger members of the Brookes squad to make an early statement in small boats.
With the men racing first, the pair of Matt Heywood and Jack Prior, refreshed from their win in the GB U23 Men’s Eight earlier in the year, put in a fantastic performance to finish 2nd place overall. A huge achievement for both athletes who have now made a huge step on from their Temple and Prince Albert Challenge Cup victories from last season.
Other promising results from the men’s pairs included: Sam Bannister in 4th, Ben Hinves & Gareth Syphas 9th, Max Thompson & Jake Wincomb 10th. Louis Nares & Toby Lassen were the fastest fully U23 pair finishing 12th.
The women raced second in blustery, challenging conditions. One of the most outstanding results of the weekend was Jenny Bates who sculled strikingly to place 6th overall. A performance that ranked herself alongside some of the most successful athletes in the country. The result is a true testament to Jenny’s desire to train hard in the early months of the season. Her grit and determination and has set a fantastic example to the rest of the women’s group to follow in the weeks to come.
Frankie Allen was back in action also this weekend at the first GBRT Paralympic trial of the new season held at Caversham. She came out on top in the PR3 W2-.
We look forward to welcoming back members of the senior national team to race alongside the current squad against the best in the country as Brookes turn their attention to Fours Head in two weeks time.